Tunisia to be removed from money laundering blacklist in October

June 2019
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Tunisia to be removed from money laundering blacklist in October. Governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia Marouane Abassi announced that October 2019 will see the removal of Tunisia from the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) blacklist of non-cooperative countries in the global fight against money laundering and terrorism financing. Abassi declared that the FATF will visit Tunisia in mid-September to check the extent to which it has implemented the action plan adopted in November 2017 against money laundering and terrorism financing.

On 20 June 2019, the FATF announced that Tunisia had completed the implementation of its plan and decided to schedule a field visit to verify its implementation. It confirmed that Tunisia has complied with 29 of the recommendations outlined by the FATF for the Middle East and North Africa.


Truth and Dignity Commission suspected of corruption

May 2019
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Truth and Dignity Commission suspected of corruption. Truth and Dignity Commission member confirmed suspicions of corruption surrounding the case of funds confiscated from former regime figures in Tunisia. Launched in 2014, the Commission is tasked with ensuring that justice is guaranteed in the country during its democratic transition. Suspicions include money laundering and misappropriating public funds during the presidency of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali with the complicity of state agencies. The numbers revealed are a fraction of the massive wealth the former regime acquired through the abuse of power.


European Union and Tunisia sign "EU4Youth" agreement on the economic, social and political inclusion of young Tunisians

May 2019
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European Union and Tunisia sign "EU4Youth" agreement on the economic, social and political inclusion of young Tunisians. The EU welcomed the progress made by Tunisia in meeting international and European standards in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing and will continue its support to this end and with the objective to seeing Tunisia exit the FATF and EU lists.


Tunisia removed from the European Union’s proposed “grey list” of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions

March 2019
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Tunisia removed from the European Union’s proposed “grey list” of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. The Minister of Finance, Ridha Chalghoum, welcomed Tunisia's withdrawal from the EU's "grey list”. He said that "this withdrawal reflects the commitment of the Tunisian government and its serious work to rectify the situation", underlining "the efforts made to also remove the country from the FATF list of countries highly exposed to money laundering and terrorist financing".


30 suspicious bank accounts and $66.7 million frozen in 2018

January 2019
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30 suspicious bank accounts and $66.7 million frozen in 2018. Tunisia’s financial Intelligence Unit (Commission Tunisienne des Analyses Financières-CTAF), whose mission is to combat money laundering and terrorism financing, declared that 600 suspicions of financial corruption and suspicious foreign cash flows were sent to it in 2018. After a review of these declarations, 30 suspicious bank accounts have been frozen and 30 cases sent to the public prosecutor. TND 200 million ($66.7 million) sent to be laundered in Tunisia have also been frozen.


Fight against corruption in Tunisia: two thirds of asset declarations not received

January 2019
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Fight against corruption in Tunisia: two thirds of asset declarations not received. The Anti-Corruption Authority (INLUCC) has received only one third of the declarations of assets expected at the end of 2018. If the elected officials do not comply with the additional time limit, they may be subject to prosecution.


Tunisia rises one place in Corruption Perceptions Index

January 2019
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Tunisia rises one place in Corruption Perceptions Index. Tunisia obtained a score of 43/100, gaining one point compared to the 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index. With this score, it finished 73rd out of 180 countries, tied with Morocco, which moved up 8 places in the ranking. Since 2015, Tunisia has continued to rise in the ranking of the fight against corruption, although it is slow.


INLUCC's President says lobbies seeking to impede enforcement of Governance, Anti-Corruption Legislation

December 2018
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INLUCC's President says lobbies seeking to impede enforcement of Governance, Anti-Corruption Legislation. President of the National Anti-Corruption Authority (INLUCC) Chawki Tabib underlined the need to enforce a number of anti-corruption and governance laws in the face of lobbies moving in the opposite direction to protect their interests. Mr Tabib also shed light on obstacles hampering the asset declaration process and urged civil society and the media to act in a bid to change mindsets and push for the adoption of implementing laws.


INLUCC receives 1200 asset declarations

November 2018
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INLUCC receives 1200 asset declarations. The president of the Tunisian National Anti-Corruption Authority (INLUCC), Chawki Tabib, stated that by 15 November 2017, INLUCC had received 1200 asset declarations out of 350,000 persons who are required to disclose their assets under the Law on Asset Declarations which entered into force on 16 October 2018.


Corruption costs 2 billion dinars to Tunisia each year

November 2018
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Corruption costs 2 billion dinars to Tunisia each year. The president of the Tunisian National Anti-Corruption Authority (INLUCC), Chawki Tabib, revealed that 2 billion dinars is wasted on corruption every year in Tunisia in public transactions. He stated that this sum instead could be used to build 3 airports, 20 ports, 70 high schools or 500 km of highways.